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State troopers are reporting at least 186 people in Florida died last year in hit-and-crashes. Another 19,000 suffered serious injury in accidents where the at-fault driver chose not to bother stopping. speed1

In total, there were 92,600 hit-and-runs statewide, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, which responded to roughly 23,000 of them.

These figures are especially troubling when you consider they represent a marked increase form just a year earlier. In 2014, there were about 8,000 fewer hit-and-run crashes in Florida. That’s a 9 percent increase in a year and a nearly 17 percent increase since 2013.  Continue reading

Prisoners who are incarcerated in jails or prisons are stripped of many of the rights to which the rest of us are entitled. However, that does not mean they can be treated cruelly or that their health needs should be given no consideration. prison

Under the Eighth Amendment, prisoners have the right to protection from cruel and unusual punishment, and that includes deliberate indifference to their medical needs. The question will be whether the jail or prison staff disregarded the need or risk by failing to take reasonable measures to address that need, and that failure to take action resulted in harm to the prisoner.

This is what was alleged in Heard v. Tilden, a case recently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. 

Although air travel is statistically quite safe, there are still a fair amount of accidents every year, particularly when it comes to smaller aircraft, including helicopters. helicopterseenthroughleaves

Some might think of these ventures as primarily reserved for military or government service workers, but keep in mind there are plenty of outfits in Southern Florida that advertise ocean helicopter rides to tourists. The potential risk is one worth considering.

The good news is the helicopter accident rate in the U.S. appears to be declining, according to data from the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team. However, when these accidents do occur, it’s important for those affected to consider all potential legal options.

After a South Florida man was diagnosed with a neurological condition, he was forced to use a wheelchair on a daily basis, but he tried not to let it get him down too much. He still went to work every day, took his dog for walks, went to the grocery store and enjoyed spending time with his family at home. wheelchair5

But was stripped of that independence, he said, when he boarded a paratransit bus using a service the county farmed out to a private entity. What he didn’t know was the lift used on that van to raise wheelchairs onto the vehicle was defective, and had been recalled several weeks earlier by the manufacturer. The operator, Allied Medical Transport, had been notified of the defect, but had yet to fix it and did not warn customers of the problem either.

On that day in April 2012, plaintiff backed his wheelchair onto the lift as he was boarding it to head home from work. But the lift malfunctioned. Plaintiff fell backward onto the ground. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, as well as a broken vertebrae. He is now a quadriplegic. He requires 24-7 care, which his family cannot provide, so he is forced to live in a nursing home.

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